The fall semester is in full swing, and campus safety is a top priority at universities across the country. 

At PennWest Edinboro, administration and campus security are working to create a safe campus environment. According to the Director of Safety Jim Dahle, PennWest takes what they consider as an all hazards approach by focusing on active shooter training, evacuation emergencies, and hazardous weather situations.

Edinboro works with emergency responders such as the Edinboro Fire Department and the Erie County Department of Public Safety to do regular preparedness drills and quarterly emergency notification tests.

Jim tells Erie News Now that the university police regularly conduct active shooter preparedness training and are ALICE certified.

"Alice stands for Alert, lock down, inform, counter, and evacuate. It covers those specific topics, but not to be used in a sequential order," said the Director of Safety Jim Dahle. "It's just tools and resources in the event of an active shooter. Every situation is different on what they can do and can't do during that emergency."